This new pocketbook was for my DDIL's birthday. I actually managed to plan and execute the plan in time to get it to her on time! Whoot Whoot! Ask my kids - I'm not real good at the executing in time part. Her birthday was last week so I can post now.
This is a Studio Kat Design (love supporting NC businesses), it's the DittyRoo pattern, 'cause it's got a kangaroo pouch on the front, doncha know? You can find it here and she has lots of beautiful samples on her website. This is the second of this pattern I have made and I really enjoy it although I don't recommend it for a beginner. You know, unless it's a determined beginner.
- Lots of well marked pattern pieces.
- Very good directions and illustrations that are clear.
- It's a good size, slightly slouchy, and easily embellished.
- Love the straps and have used a variation on other bags that I have made.
- Lots of pieces. For instance, there are 3 pieces in back of that kangaroo pouch. I didn't really see the point unless you were running low on your main fabric, so I cut another piece like the back and used that. Also the pattern adds seams in the lining for pockets. Not necessarily bad, just unnecessary IMO. I cut 2 lining pieces using the back pattern and applied/topstitched pockets on the solid piece.
- The balloon edging is "fiddly". Like I said the pieces are well-marked and there are lots of match points, but matching the edging to the top of the pattern and then gathering seems like a lot of work. I tried measuring the top edge and using elastic cut to that length for my gathering, then feeding the piping through that. I had mixed results - there are just a bunch of layers on the top edges. I am still studying a better way to do this on the next one.
- Also the 2 small loops holding the d-rings to the bag are really "fiddly". You sew one end in the seam, feed the ring on, and then topstitch the edges of the loop encasing the 2 ends of the edging fabric and piping inside. Trying to get and keep all those layers lined up and seam lines matched was enough to make me cross-eyed with annoyance. Studying on a better way to do that also.
(Funny aside - when my husband asked how it was going, I told him it was OK, but some of the process was very fiddly. He looked at me strangely and asked "Is that a sewing term?" I thought everyone had heard that description of a fussy process, but apparently its just me.)
Overall I really like this pattern and as I said I've made it twice and plan at least one more (the one I made for myself it about worn out and needs replacing) it's just that it seems like there must be an easier way to do some of it. I made DDIL's out of a faux suede that's been in the stash forever, the balloon edging was left over from some valances I made 3-4 years ago, and the kangaroo pocket and lining is quilting weight cotton also from the stash.
My DD agreed to help photograph it before it was mailed -
And, outside -
And just for fun, an imitation of DDIL opening and pulling out her present -
HAPPY SEWING!! Suzanne